After a long hiatus and my domain registration nearly coming to a close. I’m back! Thought I would share the video above that I view from time to time for some inspiration about life! Never knew Baz Luhrmann (the Aussie director) made a version of this! Hope you like it!
We hear it all the time, anything is possible, yet for a lot of us it goes from in one ear and the other – we know that this is very true yet it just rolls off on us. I think we from time to time we have to be reminded that an awesome things can happen and was recently introduced to Arthur by a work colleague and was inspired by Arthur’s shear determination and mindset to simply walk, he failed, again and again and then some.
We all at times can take the simple things in life for granted; what people call these days first world problems. I know myself I get cranky when the trains late or the internet goes down. In Arthur’s case he was told he could never walk yet against all odds he proved them wrong, people just wrote him off like “that’s the way life works, deal with it”. I mean walking, its not even a first or third world problem, its apart of who we are — and it doesn’t sound exciting to the majority of us who can. It’s just a given right? What excites us is that holiday, the next iDevice or making loads of money.
We I read and see things like this, I take a second to reflect to how lucky I am and really take it in. Recently I’ve been conditioning myself to not let first world problems or general issues in life bother me, all they lead is me in a foul mood or arguments. Now I think to myself:
“Is this really an issue?” Out all of the issues in the world, this is an issue?!”
In many cases now, the answer is “Nope”. Its a matter of letting go, forgiving regardless — the load on my back is lighter and I’m in a much chirpy mood.
For those who know me well, I am a deep and meaningful type of person — I like to ponder, sometimes for too long. I shared this video on my previous blog as it speaks well to who I am as a person but also inspires me to become more thankful and open my eyes.
I found this awesome organisation the other day called Playing for Change and one inspiring video I found was a video of people around the world singing ‘Stand By Me’ by Ben. E. King, it’s a 1960′s tune but oh so very awesome
Howard Lutnick, Chairman of Cantor Fitzgerald
We had a rule at the firm that we should hire our friends, that life's too short, we wanted to work with people we liked...
I’ve always heard people say “Life is too short”, and never quite knew what they meant by it. Is it that our time here is limited, and we should make the best of it? I didn’t understand, called bullshit on it and did quietly mocked them — they sounded stupid. Plain ignorance on my part, really.
It wasn’t until recently I visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City did I fully fathom the meaning of this. It was an emotionally charged place, a place for reflection; all that life, memories and stories gone in a few hours. For me thinking back to that event, I was only in Grade 7, so innocent and hadn’t heard of the term ‘terrorist‘ before then. 9/11 opened me up to a world of scary, the world was dangerous. 11 years on, I have a greater understanding of what transpired that day; the events leading up to it and the aftermath from both sides.
You might be thinking, I went to the Memorial and somehow I had an epiphany and understood ‘Life’s too short’. Well that’s not what happened. The epiphany came after the memorial when I decided to go to the Museum Shop and got myself a pin and the official National Geographic Memorial Book. I ate up the book fairly quickly and thought I had a fairly good idea of what had happened that day.
It wasn’t until I came to a section where they explained the exhaustive process they had to go through in arranging the victims names. Basically, Howard Lutnick was suppose to be in the North Tower that day but was late to the office because he took his son, Kyle on his first day to school– his company was based on the 101st to 105th floors.
Six hundred and fifty-eight people. My brother Gary, my best friend Doug, 200 people who I personally hired, great people. We had a rule at the firm that we should hire our friends, that life’s too short, we wanted to work with people we liked. And that rule not only applied to me where I hired my best friend and brother, but it also applied to the guys who were the security guards who worked with their brother and their brother-in-law. We lost them all that day. Unthinkable. Impossible. (P.172, A Place of Remembrance)
658 of the 1,000 employees of Cantor Fitzgerald were lost that day, 38 husbands left pregnant wives behind, 46 weddings were planned, 955 sons and daughters lost a father or a mother. This is where it hit me, it made me understand since it resonates with me I am working with people I like, and the victims were in the same boat, they knew each other. What the hell right?
Life is short, I am getting a better understanding why people do say it but at the same time struggling with the fact; I have x amount of time here — Am I doing what I really want to do? What do I want to achieve? And wow, I need to be more thankful what I do have and make better use of time that is given to me.